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The sustainable nonprofit: From transitional to transformative fundraising

May 25, 2022

While today’s modern healthcare organizations can be vastly different in size, specialties, and patient populations, they likely share similar beginnings rooted in transactional philanthropy. Under this model, hospitals rely on donors to provide the initial capital required to construct buildings... read more

Review: 'Upper Hand: The Future of Work for the Rest of Us'

May 20, 2022

It is anticipated that over the next decade, over 30 percent of the workforce in the United States will need to be retrained or change jobs due to shifts in technology and automation. With this impeding shift, much needs to... read more

The sustainable nonprofit: Two trends among high-net-worth donors

May 19, 2022

As the philanthropic landscape evolves, so to do the considerations and values of major donors. At Whittier Trust, our clientele comprises highly affluent individuals and families who are seeking, among other services, ways to align their wealth with their values... read more

Remembering Urvashi

May 17, 2022

On Monday, May 16, I woke up to the devastating news that Urvashi Vaid had died. A pioneering LGBTQ+ civil rights activist, she leaves behind organizations, books, networks, movements, and ideas that will continue to inspire for decades to come.... read more

Belonging and prosperity: A Q&A with Norman Chen, CEO, The Asian American Foundation

The Asian American Foundation (TAAF) was launched in May 2021—amid a rise in anti-Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) hate and violence—to help solve for the longstanding lack of investment provided to AAPI communities and to build the infrastructure needed... read more

Who is engaging, how, and on behalf of which social issues?: A commentary by Natalye Paquin

May 16, 2022

For nearly two and a half years, we’ve shared one collective experience around the world. And while most of us are ready to leave behind the years of fear, uncertainty, and loss, we should think twice before rushing to get... read more

Organize, mobilize, and train the most affected residents: A Q&A with Peggy Shepard, co-founder and executive director of WE ACT for Environmental Justice

May 13, 2022

Peggy Shepard is co-founder and executive director of WE ACT for Environmental Justice and has a long history of organizing and engaging Northern Manhattan residents in community-based planning and campaigns to address environmental protection and environmental health policy locally and... read more

How to support human rights, health, and well-being in Ukraine: A commentary by Christian De Vos

May 12, 2022

In its violent and unlawful invasion of Ukraine, Russia has launched indiscriminate attacks against civilians and the places where they gather, including hospitals, schools, and humanitarian corridors. Thousands of civilians, including children, have been killed and many more injured. Thousands... read more

Writing checks isn’t enough: A commentary by Jill Soffer

May 10, 2022

I am a climate philanthropist. I write checks to environmental nonprofits and sit on several boards. I grew up playing in the woods of western Massachusetts; now I hike the Rockies. Season by season I’m sadly witnessing the damage wrought... read more

The future of philanthropy: A commentary by Keith Leaphart

May 09, 2022

The concept of “philanthropy” has long been synonymous with large foundations, corporations, the wealthy, and black-tie galas and other big events. However, in recent years, I’ve been seeing an ongoing shift—a shift that is going to create a new era... read more

The sustainable nonprofit: Optimizing operations for community impact

May 06, 2022

The past two years have been defined by disruption, and for many individuals and organizations, the prospect of more change may be intimidating. In fact, half of respondents to a recent Innovation Process Design (IPD) survey of community foundations said... read more

The consequences of climate change: A commentary by Kathy Stevens

May 05, 2022

At Catskill Animal Sanctuary, we’re deeply connected to the 150 acres that have been our home for the past 21 years: warm pastures where contented cows sunbathe, ponds where ducks swim for hours, fields for horses to run and roll... read more

A Just Transition: A Q&A with Ozawa Bineshi Albert, Monica Atkins, and Marion Gee, Co-Executive Directors, Climate Justice Alliance

May 04, 2022

Launched in 2013, Climate Justice Alliance (CJA) is an alliance of 82 urban and rural frontline communities, organizations, and supporting networks working to advance a Just Transition away from extractive systems of production, consumption, and political oppression and toward resilient,... read more

Three things you can do instead of founding a nonprofit

May 03, 2022

Some years ago I was teaching an undergraduate class on fundraising at a local university. Courses like that didn’t exist when I was a student. That would’ve been game-changing, considering that I had to cobble together learnings from macroeconomics, microeconomics,... read more

The sustainable nonprofit: A social issue support journey

May 02, 2022

I have been thinking a lot lately about how our clients are connecting with the public to build community for the social issues and movements they represent. It all started with variations we began to notice in our social issue... read more

Review: 'Private Virtues, Public Vices: Philanthropy and Democratic Equality'

April 30, 2022

It is lamented that large-scale philanthropy (like everything else) has become politicized and polarizing, subject to conspiracy theories and accusations of whitewashing and being too “woke.” In Private Virtues, Public Vices: Philanthropy and Democratic Equality, Emma Saunders-Hastings reminds us that... read more

Amplifying a voice that others have tried to silence: A commentary by Juan Mancias and Christa Mancias

April 28, 2022

Garcia Pasture’s designation is a win for our Tribe, and for strategic philanthropy Earlier this year, the World Monuments Fund (WMF) selected the Garcia Pasture in Brownsville, Texas, to be included on the World Monuments Watch list of heritage sites... read more

Review: 'George Soros: A Life in Full'

April 26, 2022

It feels like our idea of an “open society” is in retreat. Wherever we look—be it the United States, where anti-democratic forces are rolling back voting rights; or Russia, where opposition leaders are imprisoned and restrictive press freedoms make it... read more

Questions to ask before quitting your job: A column article by Molly Brennan

April 24, 2022

Thinking about joining the Great Resignation? Four questions to consider If you’re thinking about joining the Great Resignation and quitting your job, you’re in good company. Resignations are at a 20-year high, and depending on what study you’re reading, one-third... read more

The only promising pathway to bringing about the peace and resilience: A commentary by May Boeve

April 22, 2022

End fossil fuel-funded wars, support a just transition For years, the climate movement has been demonstrating to political leaders that a transition to renewable energy is the only promising pathway to bringing about the peace and resilience we all deserve.... read more

An international community for LGBTQ youth: A Q&A with Amit Paley, CEO and Executive Director, Trevor Project

April 21, 2022

Amit Paley is the CEO and executive director of the Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ young people. Before diving into the world of philanthropy, Paley was an associate partner at McKinsey &... read more

A paradigm shift toward investing in public health: A commentary by Adam M. Doyno

April 19, 2022

Let’s not lose momentum in public health funding It’s a haunting irony that New Yorkers and the nation have crossed the second anniversary of the COVID-19 lockdowns just as the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) has... read more

Building more resilient communities: A Q&A with Nicole Taylor, President and CEO, Silicon Valley Community Foundation

April 17, 2022

Nicole Taylor joined the Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF), the largest community foundation in the United States, as president and CEO in December 2018. She previously served as vice president of the ASU Foundation, as deputy vice president and dean... read more

To fund innovation we must be bold: A commentary by Savanna Ferguson

April 15, 2022

To foster innovation in the face of crises, create equitable, empowering grantmaking relationships The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) latest assessment report, released in late February, is sobering; more and more people—3.5 billion, according to the report—are extremely vulnerable... read more

Bold and intersectional funding: A Q&A with Ana L. Oliveira, President and CEO, The New York Women’s Foundation

April 13, 2022

Ana L. Oliveira has served as president and CEO of The New York Women’s Foundation (The Foundation) since 2006, after leading Gay Men’s Health Crisis for seven years as its first woman and Latina executive director. Oliveira grew up in... read more

Allyship vs. righteous conspiracy: A commentary by Cheryl Dorsey

April 12, 2022

As social entrepreneurs have demonstrated positive results in addressing the world’s most complex problems over the decades, it is evident that continued investment in the sector can create lasting impact. At Echoing Green, we’re committed to building upon social innovation... read more

Now is the time for philanthropy to be bold: A Q&A with Isabelle Leighton, Interim Executive Director, Donors of Color Network

April 11, 2022

Isabelle Leighton is interim executive director of Donors of Color Network, whose mission is to build systemic racial equity to be more reflective and accountable to communities of color. Leighton has 20 years of experience growing social justice and movement-oriented... read more

How the international community treats refugees: A commentary by Frank Giustra

April 08, 2022

Selective empathy: An observation on classes of refugees “These are people who are Europeans, so we and all other countries are ready to welcome them. In other words, this is not the refugee wave that we are used to, where... read more

Scalable digital delivery with on-the-ground partner organizations: A commentary by Rebecca Chandler Leege

April 07, 2022

Over two decades of work in international development and education, I’ve often heard the claim that educational development initiatives aren’t scalable. I’ve seen firsthand that this is not true. In just over a decade, my organization, Worldreader, has reached 20... read more

A ‘Nonprofit Development Bill of Rights’: A commentary by Evan Wildstein

April 05, 2022

The nonprofit sector, where I have spent the entirety of my career, is often woefully (and sometimes willfully) behind the curve on adapting to change. How many organizations had “preparing for a global health crisis” as a strategic planning priority?... read more

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    — Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd president of the United States

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